The Weekly Update: Teachers Speak Up

The Weekly Update for the news and views you might have missed. This week has been a slower news week than usual for obvious reasons but the internet is burning up with announcements of new Facebook pages sprouting up started by an array of parents and teachers from around the country standing with their teachers and students and against the privatization of their schools. Just this morning I was invited to like four Facebook pages related to education. They are: Parents: What Colorado School Grades Doesn’t Want You to Know Parents & Educators against the Daniels & Bennett Educational Reform … Continue reading The Weekly Update: Teachers Speak Up

EduShyster: Stuff White People Like: Education Reform

Here’s an excerpt. One lesson made abundantly clear by the recent Chicago teachers’ strike was that our nation suffers from a dearth of African-American hedge fund managers and venture capitalists. What can we do about this shameful scourge? I have no idea, but what I do know is that the strike revealed a fascinating split along race and class lines over what white hedge fund managers like to call priming the edu-pump for future profits education reform. The key take away: rich white people who send their kids to private schools were the only group to oppose the teachers’ strike. In … Continue reading EduShyster: Stuff White People Like: Education Reform

The Weekly Update: The Chicago teachers strike and where it all began

The Weekly Update for the news and views you might have missed. Words can’t begin to express my gratitude for this. I’m a very proud middle school reading teacher in CPS. I strike not by choice as the mayor has stated but on principle. You have clearly articulated why I am on the picket. My students deserve better. We bailed out the banks while allowing public schools to fail. I stand up for public education and demand that we not allow companies to run schools. I stand up for worker’s rights and for the rights of the poor. Thank you. … Continue reading The Weekly Update: The Chicago teachers strike and where it all began

The effect of education reform and Rahm Emanuel’s policies on Chicago Public Schools

This article is a must read. To follow is an excerpt from: Education Apartheid: The Racism Behind Chicago’s School “Reform” Dyett High School students are not allowed to enter the front door of their school. Instead, the more than 170 students at the Southside high school enter through the back. From there, they must spend their day pushing through other students in the one open hallway, after half of the building was placed off limits. “Just imagine, all these students in one hallway trying to get to where they’re going … everyone’s just trying to get through each other,” says … Continue reading The effect of education reform and Rahm Emanuel’s policies on Chicago Public Schools

Chicago Teachers Strike: News and Interviews

I recently discovered a great news source,  Real News. Jaisal Noor, who is also a reporter for Democracy Now, does some excellent reporting on education issues around the country and understands the political and financial undercurrents for the big push towards the privatization of our public schools. To follow are two reports by Mr. Noor for Real News on the teachers’ strike and then the first episode in a series on where the presidential candidates stand on all things education. Chicago Teachers Strike Enters Fourth Day Labor unions back striking teachers, while Democrats remain silent. Chicago Teachers Strike Rooted in … Continue reading Chicago Teachers Strike: News and Interviews

The Chicago teachers strike, Rahm Emmanuel, Stand for Children, the Gates Foundation, DFER, the Tea Party, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan

So what do all of these folks have in common? Listen up Seattle. The Chicago Teachers Union is currently on the front lines of a fight to defend public education. On one side the 30,000 members of the CTU have called for a contract that includes fair compensation, meaningful job security for qualified teachers, smaller class sizes and a better school day with Art, Music, World Language and appropriate staffing levels to help our neediest students. On the other side, the Chicago Board of Education—which is managed by out of town reformers and Broad Foundation hires with little or no … Continue reading The Chicago teachers strike, Rahm Emmanuel, Stand for Children, the Gates Foundation, DFER, the Tea Party, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan

Chicago teachers strike challenges corporate reform model of education

For the best coverage on the strike this morning, go to Democracy Now’s coverage of the strike: Striking Teachers, Parents Join Forces to Oppose “Corporate” Education Model in Chicago Here are the specific stories on the strike: More than 29,000 Chicago public school teachers and support staff have gone on strike today after union leaders failed to reach an agreement with the nation’s third-largest school district over educational reforms sought by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. It is the first teacher strike in Chicago in a quarter of a century. Unresolved issues include the cost of health benefits, the makeup of the … Continue reading Chicago teachers strike challenges corporate reform model of education

The Weekly Update: Following the money on online “learning”, education reform myths and the Pearson money grab

The Weekly Update for the news you might have missed. For more information on Initiative 1240 go to No on 1240. This week all eyes have been on Chicago where representatives of the Chicago Teachers Union are negotiating with the mayor and his appointed school board members: Selling the Soul of Public Education As we traipse through these weeks of conventioning, I know that the my-parents-showed-me-what-hard-work-means tales are getting a bit old. Still, please indulge me for a couple of paragraphs. My dad taught for 34 years in inner-city public high schools in Chicago. For much of my childhood, my … Continue reading The Weekly Update: Following the money on online “learning”, education reform myths and the Pearson money grab

Weekly Update: Teachers and parents push back, school privateers caught red handed and the scoop on online learning

The teachers in the school district of Reynolds, Oregon went on strike this week. Adam Sanchez who is the co-author of the Rethinking Schools article  regarding Stand for Children,  recently started up a Portland Social Equality Educators group, based on the Seattle Equality Educators organization in Seattle. To follow is a speech given at a rally of teachers in Reynolds, Oregon by Sanchez where he talks about why the strike is important and brings words of solidarity from teachers in Seattle, Eagle Point, Berkeley, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. And in Chicago, teachers are also fighting back. From the Chicago … Continue reading Weekly Update: Teachers and parents push back, school privateers caught red handed and the scoop on online learning

Weekly Update: March and rally at the Gates Foundation in Seattle, profiteering in Chicago and school “choice” in New Orleans

This photo was taken in front of the Gates Foundation in Seattle this week by members of Social Equality Educators. And so was this “No TFA” photo: Yesterday was the March 1st National Day of Action for Education in Seattle and in many other parts of the country. There was a march from downtown Seattle to the headquarters of the Gates Foundation on the border of the downtown core. In front of the Gates Foundation, there was a teach-in, a grade-in and a policy throw-down although I don’t think that Vicki Phillips was able to make it. We will be … Continue reading Weekly Update: March and rally at the Gates Foundation in Seattle, profiteering in Chicago and school “choice” in New Orleans

Stand for Children Stands for the Rich and the Powerful…

…who want to break the backs of the teachers’ unions. Many of us have said that before, now you can see and hear it for yourselves. This video was taken at the Aspen Ideas Festival which is heavily funded by Bill Gates. Stand For Children’s Co-Founder Jonah Edelman explains how he, with the support of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Arne Duncan’s  senior advisor Jo Anderson, out foxed the Chicago teachers’ union. This is where the money that Stand for Children raises actually goes to, to gain power for the billionaire boyz club,  DFER and all of those hedge fund … Continue reading Stand for Children Stands for the Rich and the Powerful…